# Work with Simple Fractions like 1/2

## Good Moo-sic

March 19th, 2023

We all like different music from each other. You and your friend might like some of the same songs, but not every song, and your parents definitely don’t like all the same songs as you. So what about cows: do cows all like the same music? And is there one kind they like best? Scientists studied this a few years ago by playing different songs for cows to see if the cows made more milk during certain songs. They found that when listening to songs with fewer than 100 beats a minute – maybe about 1 beat per second – the cows gave 3% more milk: in the time the farmers normally got 100 cups from them, they now got an extra 3 cups. Even though people have been studying this since the 1930’s, no one’s sure whether music really makes cows make more milk – or more importantly, whether the milk tastes better.

## A Day for Wishes and Tricks

March 17th, 2023

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, that Irish holiday when we wear green clothes, eat green food, and maybe score some “luck of the Irish” for ourselves. There are leprechauns, those funny elf-like fellows from Irish fairy tales who are only as tall as kids, but have big magical powers. Supposedly they keep all their coins in a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, which would be a great thing to find. It’s even better to find the leprechaun himself, because if you capture him he’ll grant you 3 wishes. Another Irish symbol is the shamrock, or 3-leaf clover, because long ago people in Ireland believed that carrying a clover kept you safe from evil spirits. It’s still a sign of good luck today, and 4-leaf clovers are even better luck. Who knows, maybe today you’ll find a leprechaun or a clover – or at the least, you’ll get to eat a green pretzel.

March 13th, 2023

## When Toilets Fly

February 16th, 2023

You’ve heard of birds and planes flying. But what about toilets? One group decided to create a portapotty rocket and make it fly! Read on to get carried away with the numbers in this rocketing restroom.

## The Best Day for Bubble Wrap

January 30th, 2023

Did you ever get some bubble wrap and just couldn’t stop popping the little bubbles? Well, it turns out there’s a day where we show our appreciation for this packing-material-turned-toy. Read on for more about Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, and get popping with the math!

## Krush of K’Nex

January 17th, 2023

K’Nex are pretty cool to begin with, but this world-record K’Nex structure is out of this world! With elevators, ramps, a ferris wheel and more, it’s easy to see how it is the largest K’Nex ball contraption. Read on to see it in action and get on a roll with the math.

## “Wrong Way” Corrigan

December 9th, 2022

Sometimes people make a wrong turn while driving. But imagine taking a wrong turn while flying a plane! Read on to fly through the math on one pilot who took a very wrong turn, which earned him the nickname “Wrong Way” Corrigan.

## You’ll Be Taller Tomorrow Morning!

November 16th, 2022

When we’re kids, we’re always growing…even at night! So Bedtime Math fan Andrew O. asked us, how much can you grow overnight? Read on to find out – and do the math behind growing in your sleep.

## Sack of Snacks

November 6th, 2022

Popcorn is a yummy snack alone. But add buttery caramel and you have something even more delicious: kettle corn. There’s lots of math involved in making this sweet treat. So read on to find out how to do it, and snack on the math!

## Color Me Fuzzy Wuzzy

August 31st, 2022

Crayola crayons have all types of crazy names, like Fuzzy Wuzzy, and Outer Space. But wth all the different colors they have, they had to get creative with the names! Read on to do some colorful math in crayon naming.

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